Medical Practice Tips: Should Docs Fist-Bump Their Patients?

There are a variety of concerns that are associated with shaking hands in a medical office. Since doctors and nurses are in contact with many patients throughout the day, taking measures to reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses is essential. Contact with hands during a handshake can result in spreading bacteria from one patient to another, which causes illnesses to spread. Alternatives to Shaking Hands Since a handshake has been proven to spread bacteria and viruses, discussions regarding alternatives...

How to Be The Best Speaker At Your Next Medical Conference

Being selected as a presenter at a medical conference is a big honor. It is evidence that conference organizers believe that what you have to say is worthwhile. It is your opportunity to share your expertise, experience, and viewpoints with the medical community. Being selected to present is also a big responsibility. The other conference attendees have invested a lot in this conference. In addition to paying for travel, lodging, and conference registration, they are taking time away from their...

Avoiding Distractions in Your Medical Office

Being an office administrator in a medical office can be exhausting. It is not running up and down the halls assisting the physicians that is so tiring. It is the plethora of interruptions and needless activity that goes on in the workplace. There are distractions that in addition to causing managers and their staff to experience extreme fatigue actually cause loss of valuable work time. Common workplace distractions include (and how to avoid them): Workers talking loudly: Whether staff members...

Why Docs Should Never Text Their Patients or Their Orders

As tempting as it might be for physicians to send and receive texts from patients, it is not a good idea unless certain safeguards are in place. There even may be legal liability if texts reveal protected health information (PHI) that is confidential under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In fact, the Joint Commission specifically warns physicians that texting orders to hospitals is unacceptable. There is no way for the hospital to verify that the text is...

Maintaining an Excellent Physician – Patient Relationship

Arguably, the most important aspect of a medical practice is the physician–patient relationship. It is a combination of mutual respect and trust. Physicians expect their patient’s compliance with orders for tests and medications, as well as respect for their time. Patients expect their doctor to respect their time, offer proper treatment that results in a positive outcome, and to have a restored or improved quality of life after treatment. Frequently left out of the patient-physician relationship is the influence of...

Protecting Your Phone Against Hackers – What Docs Should Know

As a physician or medical professional, your phone may be one of the most useful items you have. You can use it to call, text message, and email, but it can be far more than your main means of maintaining personal communications. You also use it for maintaining your social media accounts, shopping, paying your bank and other bills, taking and sending photos, and finding your way around town. Unfortunately, these mobile conveniences come with a downside – the high...

Assure Medical Practice Success With These Leadership Tips

Your medical practice needs to offer the best medical services to every single person who walks through your door. Quality service begins with a well-running staff ready for an influx of clients on any given day. They must record the proper patient information, schedule appointments, handle billing issues and address problems that may arise. Your office cannot run by itself. It needs professional leadership so all operations run smoothly. Whether you are a physician running a small practice or a...

Taking Your Good Operating Room Etiquette to the Dinner Table

No matter what kind of amazing skill you have in the operating room, it doesn’t always translate well to other areas of life. If you’re planning a fine dining event or you’ve been asked to attend one, it’s important to brush up on your dining room skills so you can feel confident during the event and avoid embarrassment. 1. One of the most common areas of confusion is payment. If you’re inviting someone to dine with you, you’re expected to...